Friuli Venezia Giulia - useful websites and resources

Published on:  | Last updated: 4 March 2017

International routes

The FVG1 (Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg)

Friuli-Venezia-Giulia borders on both Austria and Slovenija, and there are a number of projects aimed at promoting inter­na­tional cycle routes. The best known of these routes is the Ciclovia Alpe-Adria-Radweg which runs from Salzburg to Grado on the Adriatic coast. The official site alpe-adria-radweg.com (it/​de/​en). There's lots of inform­ation about accom­mod­ation and places to see on the route. There's also ciclovia-alpeadria-radweg.eu the site of the Friends of the Ciclovia Alpe Adria Radweg (en/​it).

Screenshot of the alpe-adria-radweg.com home page

Screenshot of the alpe-adria-radweg.com home page

Screenshot from the alpe-adria-radweg.com website

Screenshot from the alpe-adria-radweg.com website

The CAAR project has also produced a very good smart­phone app Alpe Adria Biketour (available for both iOS and Android ). The most useful features of the app is that it enables you to save detailed map for offline viewing. The maps are excellent and you can zoom right in if you need to. 

 Screenshot from the CAAR Android app and  Screenshot from the CAAR Android app - map zoomed in closer

Note for GPS users: you can download the tracks for the official route from the CAAR website. However, note that the gpx track available from the home page is out of date - the best bet is to go to the inter­active map, click on the section you are inter­ested in, and then when the overlay appears, click on the map in the overlay - this will then take you to the page on outdoor active.com from where you can download the gps track.

In addition to the website and apps there's now a roadbook for the Italian section (it/​en/​de) with excellent, detailed, maps and direc­tions.

You can download it from the Terre dei Patriarchi tourist inform­ation website for the region. Direct download links (all the files are 49Mb): Ciclovia Alpe Adria Roadbook (en)  | Ciclovia Alpe Adria Roadbook (de)  | Ciclovia-Alpe-Adria Roadbook (it) . Note: these roadbooks were produced by the Provincia di Udine which now no longer exists. If these links stop working and you'd like a copy of any of the roadbooks please let me know.

A page from the road book for the Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg (not full-size)

A page from the road book for the Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg (not full-size)

Cross-border routes between Italy and Slovenija

There are two new sites (with very similar names) dedicated to cross-border routes between Italy and Slovenija. 

bike-alpeadria.com

bike-alpeadria.com slo/​ita/​en/​de offers inform­ation about the Emerald Cycling Trails (there's also an excellent paper map available from tourist offices in Slovenija). There's a circular route connecting Tolmin and Nova Gorica in Slovenija with Cividale del Friuli and Gorizia in Italy. There are also a number of other 'famil­i­ar­isation tours' and 'connecting tours' (for more inform­ation see the Crossing Borders article in this section.

Screenshot from bike-alpeadria.com

Screenshot from bike-alpeadria.com

You can also get the site as an app but under the name BiMobIS (BiMobIS iOS app | BiMobIS Android app

 screenshot from the BiMoBis Android app 1 and  screenshot from the BiMoBis Android app 2

adriabike.eu

adriabike.eu (slo/​ita/​en/​de). The landing page for the routes is adriabike.eu/adriabike/. The route has three sections each designed to be ridden in a week and three weeks in total:

  • it starts at Tarvisio ( where it connects with the Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg near the border with Austria) and makes an arc through Slovenija before reaching the coast at Portorož on the Croatian coast ;
  • follows the Adriatic coast from Portorož via Trieste to Venezia;
  • from Venezia it heads for Padova and then Ravenna.
Screenshot from the adriabike.eu website showing the first section of the route

Screenshot from the adriabike.eu website showing the first section of the route

There's an excellent roadbook (slo/​ita/​de/​en) that gives an overview and description of the whole route. It's available from the website - here's the direct download link for the English-language version (adriabike.eu: roadbookEN.pdf).

Pages from the Adria Bike roadbook

Pages from the Adria Bike roadbook

And (you're probably ahead of me here) there's an app: InterBike iOS app and InterBike Android app.

If you're planning an inter­na­tional tour then you might want to check out the Ciclo-Tour Senza Confini brochure/​poster which has a nice overview of the major cycle routes in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Kärnten (Carinthia) Austria and western Slovenija. You can still download it from tarvisiano.org — direct download link:  Ciclo Tour Senza Confini (5.5Mb). (Please let me know if that link stops working!)

Map from the Ciclotour Senza Confini (cycle tour without borders) leaflet/brochure

Map from the Ciclotour Senza Confini (cycle tour without borders) leaflet/​brochure. Not shown actual size. Source: tarvisiano.org (pdf download).

The region has produced a guide to eight regional routes Friuli Venezia Giulia by Bicycle (it/​en/​de) you may come across it in tourist inform­ation offices, but you can download the English-language version from the Italian Tourist Office in Sweden: (Friuli Venezia Giulia by Bicycle  ). (Thanks to Khiem for sending me that link).

Shorter tours

If you're thinking of a shorter tour in the region - or you'd like more options then there are two very useful sites devoted to cycling in the Pordenone and Udine areas.

The terradeipatriarchi.it and covers the area from Lignano Sabbiadoro on the Adriatic coast to the mountains to north. The 13 cycling routes were put together by local cycling groups and are almost all in the 100-200 kilometre range - so suitable for say two-four day tours - although you could of course combine more than one. The routes seem reasonably easy and emphasise quiet roads and cycleways - most seem to include sections of unsur­faced road, so would be most suitable for people with trekking and mountain bikes.

The site is only in Italian (but you can of course use Google Translate), however, the mapping is excellent. Each route has a downloadable pdf road book. One feature I partic­u­larly appre­ciated is the fact that the maps are in vector format which means that you can zoom right in and the text remains sharp - very handy if you need to check the name of a road.

 Screenshot of a map from one the Terra dei Patriarchi guides and  screenshot: previous map zoomed in (both not actual size)

For the Pordenone area in the west of the region there's pordenonewithlove.it (it/​en/​de) and a useful cycling section with 19 routes (if you want more, go to the Italian-language section which has more than 50). The individual routes are all less than 50 kms - but can be combined (see overview map on the {page}. Again the emphasis is on accessible routes on quiet roads or cycleways - and include sections of unsur­faced road and track.

The Consorzio Pordenone Turismo has also produced a brochure Welcome to Bike (download: turis­mofvg: Welcome to Bike.pdf) with a circular 220-kilometre tour around the provincia. In theory this is also available in English and German, but at the moment it seems to have got lost in a website redesign.

Screenshot from the Pordenone Welcome in Bike booklet showing the routes that link together to form a circular tour (not actual size)

Screenshot from the Pordenone Welcome in Bike booklet showing the routes that link together to form a circular tour (not actual size)

Individual areas

The website for the Trieste branch of the FIAB has a section with Itinerari

Day rides

The Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region has produced a series of maps aimed at cyclists. These are widely available from tourist offices in English, German and Italian. They are downloadable from the thematic maps page.

The cycling-related maps are:

Mountainbiking

There are a couple of useful maps showing the possib­il­ities for mountain­biking - again widely available from tourist offices or to download from the thematic maps page:

General tourist information

The turis­mofvg site is very compre­hensive, and in addition there are some sites dedicated to particular areas within the region:

The region also publishes a listing of 'bike hotels' which is widely available in tourist offices and you can download it as a pdf: FVG Bike Hotels .

It's perfectly possible to cycle through Trieste and on towards Muggia. However, if you fancy the altern­ative of a boat trip across the Golfo di Trieste there's inform­ation about the vaporetto (boat) service on triestetrasporti.it.

Get in touch

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